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05/02/2018 - 19:05hs

Dubai airport keeps top position for international traffic

Airport stood at the top position for international traffic for the fourth consecutive year. Passenger flow reached 88.2 million people in 2017.

Dubai – Dubai International (DXB), in the United Arab Emirates, maintained the world’s number one spot for international passenger traffic for the fourth consecutive years. In 2017, it reached 88.2 million passengers, according to a report released by operator Dubai Airports this Monday (5). The information is from the UAE’s official news agency, WAM.

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Aircrafts parked in the Dubai airport

Dubai registered high traffic volumes, with an average of 7.35 million passengers per month throughout last year, including the record months of January, July and August, when the number exceeded 8 million passengers per month. The Arab airport registered 88,242,099 passengers, up 5.5% over 2016. In December, DXB welcomed 7,854,657 passengers, an increase of 1.9% in comparison to the same period of 2016.

During the year, the airport accepted six new passenger airlines, among them SalamAir, from Oman, Badr Airlines, from Sudan, and Air Moldova, while local airline Emirates added three new passenger destinations, increasing its capacity to 31 routes, with the also local Flydubai flying to 10 new destinations, totaling 22 routes from the airport.

India retained the position as the airport’s main destination, with over 12 million passengers in 2017, up 5.4% over 2016. The United Kingdom came in second with 6.46 million passengers, and increase of 6.7%, surpassing Saudi Arabia, which registered 6.36 million passengers.

Russia and China were the markets with the most significant growths, with an increase of 28% (1.3 million passengers) and 19.4% (2.2 million passengers), respectively, over the previous year. The growth is due to the fact that the UAE is offering tourism visas at arrival for Chinese and Russian tourists. Thailand registered a growth of 15.2%, reaching 2.4 million passengers in 2017.

London (United Kingdom) remained as the main destination among cities, with over 4 million passengers, followed by Mumbai (India), with 2.47 million passengers, and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), with 2.11 million.

The world’s regions that posted the highest growth in passenger flow were South America, with 36.1%, followed by Eastern Europe, with 25.3%, and Asia, with 17.9%. These growths were caused mainly by expansions of the airlines Emirates and Flydubai.

Dubai Airports’ president, Paul Griffiths, told WAM: “It was a very successful year for DXB, we achieved robust growth in traffic and solidified solidify our position as the world’s number one international airport.”

Griffiths said also that passenger traffic is expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018. “Our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 million passengers through process improvements and use of new technology,” he added.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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